Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mother Kills Baby, Tries To Take Own Life

A young mother from Mangwe district was rushed to Plumtree hospital after killing her seven-month baby boy and trying to take her own life by drinking termite poison following a dispute with her lover.

Thokozile Ndebele, 18, who stays wit her grandparents at Guqukani Village in Tshitshi area,fed her baby with the termite poison before drinking it herself on Monday evening.

She was saved by her grandparents who rushed her to Plumtree District Hospital but her son, Conwell Mhlanga died.
Mother Kills Baby, Tries To Take Own Life

Chief Tshitshi who is Ndebele’s grandfather confirmed the incident which occurred at his cousin’s homestead around 10PM.

“I was shocked to learn of this tragedy this morning. It appears that Thoko was having problems with the father of her child.

I learnt that before committing this terrible act my granddaughter left a suicide note saying she was having problems with her lover. It’s a pity that the life of an innocent baby was lost in this incident.” said Chief Tshitshi.

Motilia Nyathi, Ndebele’s grandmother described the incident saying she heard her granddaughter screaming while she was asleep and rushed to investigate.

She found the seven month old baby lying on the bed while Ndebele was writhing in pain on the floor.

“There was a bottle of termite poison on the floor and the chemical was all over my grandson’s clothes. I immediately knew that Thokozile had given it to him. The baby was dead and I couldn’t help but imagine the pain he went through before dying.” said Nyathi.

She alerted her husband and other neighbours who assisted to ferry her granddaughter to hospital in the middle of the night.

Ndebele is admitted at Plumtree District Hospital under police guard and has said her lover Kidiboni Mhlanga, had been mistreating her.

The young woman who appeared to be in severe pain as she was struggling to speak, said her lover got angry after she dumped him for being involved with several women.

Ndebele said thereafter Mhlanga started threatening to kill her.

“I was fed up of being tortured and threatened by Kidiboni and I thought killing myself would be the best option. He is always sleeping around with different women and I told him that our relationship was over.

He didn’t want to take it. I took termite poison which was stored at home and drank it together with my son while I was in my bedroom .” said Ndebele.

She said she recalls feeding her son with the poison and thereafter he started crying and wriggling on the bed.

Ndebele said she ignored her baby’s cries and went on to drink the termite poison herself. She said she later woke up in hospital, in great pain.

“I’m struggling to eat and I can’t even sit. I’m in great pain. I just wanted to die and I didn’t want my baby to remain without a mother because I’m also an orphan. I know how painful it feels to live without a mother. I wanted to take him with me,” said Ndebele.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Philani Ndebele confirmed the incident.

He said investigations were still underway.

Cases of suicide have become rampant among youths. Recently an 18-year-old boy from Empandeni in Mangwe District committed suicide by drinking a mixture of dip chemical and rat poison after being scolded by his mother.

Another 18-year-old from Magwegwe Suburb in Bulawayo hanged himself at his parents’ house while a 15-year-old from the same area committed suicide by drinking a poisonous chemical after his girlfriend dumped him.

A 19-year-old Plumtree teenager last month committed suicide in a bushy area near his aunt’s house by hanging himself over unclear circumstances.-Chronicle
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